There’s been rising concern that the disruption to the US food supply chain from COVID-19 could lead to increased imports of beef into the US.
Colin Woodall, CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says that isn’t likely. “We don’t see any need for exports of Brazilian beef or Australian beef to come into the US and try to satisfy the US needs,” he says. “We don’t have a US nationwide beef shortage.”
He tells Brownfield the
implementation of the Defense Production Act will help processing facilities
find some stability. “That will continue
to ensure that,” he says. “Because we
have plenty of cattle. The cattle are
there and we’re not going to run out of meat.”
As of Wednesday, US beef slaughter is down just 1 percent year to date. But, from April 3rd is down around 23 percent compared to the same period a year ago.